Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom

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Amy S
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Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
Jul 30, 2008

I have a chance to get this lens cheap

Vivitar, 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom

the serial number is 22839201 and it takes 58mm filters.

From reading, I think this was a well regarded lens made by Kiron.

Do you think it's worth $30ish?

I'm in need of a macro lens - does anyone know if this is a true macro lens? I figure this one will get me started with macro until I can save $$$ for a current model.

I have a D200 - and I'm not super informed about AI, non-AI, etc., although I've viewed and read about the various lens types. It appears to me from a chart on KenRockwell that if it 'fits' on my camera, it will work. I can't mess up my camera somehow by attaching a non-compatible lens, can I?

Thanks for any knowledge on this lens.

Amy

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swivelfan
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Re: Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
In reply to Amy S, Jul 30, 2008

The Vivitar 75-205mm lens is not a macro lens. The focus range goes down to slightly below 2 metres / 6,5 feet. At the 75mm setting there is a pssibility to engage a "close focus". Since no magnification factor is indicated on the lens I can't tell you how big the magnification in the close-focus range is but it certainly is not a substitute for a macro lens.

The optical performance of the lens is medicore. Wide open the lens is simply awful, at f/5,6 sharpness is just acceptable from 75mm to 150mm. Above that you need to stop down to f/8 to achieve acceptable sharpness.

If you are looking for a cheap macro lens get a manual 55mm Micro-Nikkor (f/3,5 or f/2,8-version)

If you are looking for a cheap manual tele zoom get a 80-200mm 4,5 AI Nikkor with a serial number starting with 7 or 8. Much better optically and cheap. Sharp with excellent colors and contrast wide open up to 135mm, from then on stopping down to f/5,6 is recommended. To turn this lens into a macro lens you could try to use an extension tube. Kenko manual tubes for AI-lenses can be had quite cheap, too.

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Amy S
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Re: Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
In reply to swivelfan, Jul 30, 2008

Thank you for this insight, I appreciate it!

It was just something that came up in my area, and I thought I'd pick up. Doesn't sound like a good choice.

Amy

swivelfan wrote:

The Vivitar 75-205mm lens is not a macro lens. The focus range goes
down to slightly below 2 metres / 6,5 feet. At the 75mm setting there
is a pssibility to engage a "close focus". Since no magnification
factor is indicated on the lens I can't tell you how big the
magnification in the close-focus range is but it certainly is not a
substitute for a macro lens.

The optical performance of the lens is medicore. Wide open the lens
is simply awful, at f/5,6 sharpness is just acceptable from 75mm to
150mm. Above that you need to stop down to f/8 to achieve acceptable
sharpness.

If you are looking for a cheap macro lens get a manual 55mm
Micro-Nikkor (f/3,5 or f/2,8-version)

If you are looking for a cheap manual tele zoom get a 80-200mm 4,5 AI
Nikkor with a serial number starting with 7 or 8. Much better
optically and cheap. Sharp with excellent colors and contrast wide
open up to 135mm, from then on stopping down to f/5,6 is recommended.
To turn this lens into a macro lens you could try to use an extension
tube. Kenko manual tubes for AI-lenses can be had quite cheap, too.

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/ 4 5 0 0 with all the converters, now D 2 0 0 and a few lenses)

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mironv
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Re: Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
In reply to Amy S, Jul 31, 2008
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Any lens that makes 1:5 magnification can be marked MACRO. There are many budget lenses under $200 that can make a 1:1 or 1:2 magnification. For casual closeups in 1:4 to 1:2 many zooms can do. Sigma AF70-300mm Macro is one and brand new is $185. There are many older manual lenses but best buy for anyone starting in macro is a good book to learn how you can get any magnification with any lens look for John Shown Closeups in Nature.
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Re: Yes? Vivitar 75-205 mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
In reply to Amy S, Mar 26, 2011

its safe to say that if its vivitar its bad to mediocre.

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In reply to Amy S, Mar 26, 2011

My copy of this lens was pretty bad. I can't recommend it, not even at $30.

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